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MSI Z87-G43 Gaming Motherboard Review

Rating: 9.0.

With so much of Haswell’s performance being related to on-chip parameters, many users are quick to question the relevance of a high-end motherboard. Does MSI’s Z87-G43 Gaming act as proof that an entry-level board can compete with the high-end contenders on the Z87 chipset?

Featuring support for two-way CrossFire (albeit via a slow, PCI-E 2.0 x4 slot), high-speed memory, and automatic overclocking, the most notable aspect missing from the MSI Z87-G43 Gaming is SLI compatibility. But to gamers who don’t require the functionality of two Nvidia cards, the board’s gaming-orientated features, such as a Killer NIC, MSI’s Audio Boost system (with Sound Blaster Cinema support), and a gaming device port, could prove their worth.

Built around MSI’s tried-and-tested Military Class 4 components, can the red and black Z87-G43 Gaming prove that it can compete in the entry-level gaming motherboard market?



  • Killer E2200 Series NIC.
  • Audio Boost.
  • Sound Blaster Cinema.
  • OC Genie 4.
  • Military Class 4.
  • Gaming Device Port.
  • CrossFire support.

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  • Ben

    Thats one of the best value for money boards you can get, two of my friends have it, and it really is all you would ever need. Love it.

  • John

    Have one already, fantastic board. I found though that some Corsair memory had boot problems with it if you populated all the slots…

  • IJ

    I was about to purchase the G45 Gaming, but there was no stock in our local store by the time so I opted for this G43 Gaming. I’m so happy it did not let me down. I thought this is one of the best budget Z87 boards out there!

  • abraham ortiz

    Is there a laptop version ?

  • abraham ortiz, this is a desktop motherboard. There is no laptop version.

  • Travis

    “Built around MSI’s tried-and-tested Military Class 4 components” What a joke this is. First there is no ML STD anymore. It was replaced by IPC. Military falls under class 3 requirements. “Whereas Class 3 products demand continued high performance or performance-on-demand is critical and equipment downtime cannot be tolerated, the end use environment may be uncommonly harsh, and the equipment must function when required, such as life support or other critical systems” I am a certified IPC specialist, and can tell you that it does likely meet the class 3 military spec, BUT so does almost every other manufacturer.